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Freedom for Evan Gershkovich

Evan is a Wall Street Journal reporter who was detained in Russia on March 29 while doing his job as a journalist. He is the American-born son of Soviet-era emigres to the U.S. Evan learned Russian from his parents and built a career as a journalist focused on the region. He joined the Journal in January 2022 and before that reported from Moscow for Agence France Press and the Moscow Times. Evan is a gifted journalist who has reported extensively on Russia, illuminating developments on the ground at a crucial time.

Evan was detained by Russia’s Federal Security Service in the city of Yekaterinburgwhile on a reporting assignment in the country. He had full press credentials from Russia’s foreign ministry. He was accused of espionage, making him the first American detained on such a charge since the Cold War. Evan, his family, the Journal and the U.S. government vehemently deny these allegations.

Evan has been in Russia’s notorious Lefortovo prison since March 2023, largely cut off from the world. He spends 90% of his day in a small cell. The State Department has declared Evan wrongfully detained and President Biden has promised his family he would bring Evan home. A Russian court on Nov. 28 extended his pre-trial detention for another two months. It is unclear when he will face trial. Source: The National Press

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